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Caudwell Collection recruits a new CEO in France

Reynald Lapitz helmed the recent £84m refurbishment of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge. He’s now running John Caudwell’s luxury property business on the French Riviera, including transforming the historic Hôtel Le Provençal into super-prime resi.

Super-prime specialist Beauchamp to open a second French outpost

Top-end estate agency Beauchamp is re-opening its London and international offices after Coronavirus lockdowns, and has ranked the “detail and quantity of procedures” for Covid-19 safeguarding in each of its country locations: Israel is the most “comprehensive and stringent”, followed by Greece then France. The UK and USA currently offer relatively less in the way of guidance and/or regulation.

One in five new UK homes could be built using MMC by 2030

Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) could help to kick-start the post-pandemic building industry around the world, predicts Savills, while delivering more energy-efficient homes more quickly and more cost-effectively than traditional methods.

Exploring London’s 75% park-view property price premium

New prime property with park views command a 34% price premium globally, says Knight Frank, rising to 75% for a view of one of London’s Royal Parks. Now, as the Coronavirus lockdown shines a light on the importance of open green spaces, a UK think tank has suggested taxing those who live nearby to help pay for their upkeep.